Writer, yoga pilates and barre instructor Cat Woods blogs on fitness, health, beauty, wellness and nutrition.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
#Snoopette : Cat Woods
I’m Cat Woods [@cat13gram] and I author Core Integrity With Cat,
teach barre, do some freelance writing and editing, and I’m also doing my yoga
teacher training at The Yoga Socialin Melbourne CBD. I have been doing yoga
for the past 15 years and it is the one thing that remains a constant passion
in my life, besides writing, and I know I will never know everything or master
every aspect of it. I love that. I will always be a student! Being a writer and
a barre instructor means I am not confined to conservative fashion or beauty.
That said, I don’t feel like myself with a full face of makeup or shunning
makeup completely out of some idea of yoga Puritanism!
I had terrible acne as a teenager and went through two courses
of Roaccutane. It cleared up my skin, but it made me extremely conscious of
using products that genuinely hydrate, cleanse and nourish skin as opposed to
stripping it of natural oils or clogging it and causing spots. My favourite
brands for skincare are natural and I flit between using different ones from
day to day and week to week. I love Kiehl’stoners and eye creams. Thalgo does great cleansers and
serums. At the moment I’m using their Foaming Marine Cleanser (smells
ocean fresh) and Hydra Marine Serum. I also love a weekly
exfoliation with Goodness Every Week Facial Scrub.
It’s a new range that is all about chia seeds. Smells fab and the pastel
coloured packaging makes me smile.
I am all about a great sports massage, even though it’s so
expensive, which is why I figure if I’m teaching and talking for work – why can’t
I find a facial massage therapist? So I did my Google research and contacted
the most highly rated Australian facialist, Jocelyn Petroni for her local
recommendation. Jocelyn only works in New South Wales, but she said there was
no other option than Valli Shubere if I wanted the ultimate facial massage.
Valli operates from Herbario and has been doing herbal beauty and health for over 30 years. Valli, Marcel
and herbalist Vito Cozza take traditional European Botanical Medicine and apply
it to internal and beauty treatments. Unlike most, the herbal preparations are
totally pure and potent. It is a little like being pummelled – I won’t kid you,
it can hurt to have your cheeks and jawline massaged when you’re a typical
tooth-grinder, but it is worth it for the glow you get later. Valli does
nutritional assessments and programs too but I haven’t tried these.
I am all about nail colours since I am looking at my fingers and
toes all the time as an instructor. I love OPI and Orlyin particular. They have great colours and they are paraben, sulfate free with
cute names. Especially loving the new Purple Palazzo Pants. I also love Orly Nailtrition as a paint-on
treatment for broken, brittle nails that have seen too many colour changes and
too much remover! It gives a really shiny, glossy finish too. I paint it on
while I’m binge watching The Americans or Game of Thrones.
Daily, I wash and tone then after a few espressos, I apply L’Oreal Lumi Magique because it’s the perfect shade and it lasts through my workout and class
without caking or dripping or clogging my pores. It is lightweight but it
covers any redness.
I love lip colours and I find them in my glovebox, my bathroom,
my loungeroom, under the bed, in the kitchen, falling out of my iPad carry
case... literally, I have lipsticks, lipliners and lipglosses everywhere. I’ve
just discovered Bite Beauty from Canada. They do food-quality, all-natural lipsticks that are highly
pigmented so they last through a lot of talking and coffee. My new addiction is
Luminous Lipstick in Cassis,
a deep fuschia.
I find that my eyes get red and sensitive if I wear much eye
makeup beyond a simple slick of liner. I don’t make it a regular habit, but I
do indulge in eyelash extensions a few times a year because it means I look
glammed up without having to do anything! If I’m careful not to use oil-based
cleansers and don’t fiddle with them, they last around 3 weeks. I am super
fussy about where I get it done though because I don’t want any messing around
near my eyeballs! I go to The Lash Beauty Bar in North Melbourne. Aniya
started this tiny, gorgeous salon a few years back and has since introduced
massage and facials. I had a massage there years ago that was wonderful, but
now I’ll just go for lash extensions on the rare occasion. When I flutter them
in the mirror, it reminds me of classic film actresses of the 1930s and 40s. theatre
actresses and ballerinas.. That big, dramatic eyed flutter that says ‘I’m
costumed and I’m bold. Bring on the stage.’
Onzie Ahimsa Tank Top
Having said that, I am not able to be anything or anyone other
than entirely myself when I’m teaching. I don’t become any louder or stricter.
It’s not a performance, after all. I am really fortunate to share my love and
knowledge of pilates and body awareness, barre, dance and soon yoga too. I love
it. I love doing it, I love researching and choreographing, practicing and
correcting and empowering people to feel flexible, strong and balanced.
Since I spend every day in gym clothes, I have amassed a
wardrobe of outfits that is like a rainbow of lycra. There are some $10 Kmart
singlets in there but mostly it’s OmShanti, Onzie,
and Mika Yogawear for leggings and crop
Purusha People Leggings
I have also just discovered Purusha People for mermaid print, iridescent,
highly original yoga pants and there’s also some amazing iridescent, very
Australian Gothic “Black Opal” leggings at DivaFit.
Finally, my unruly and naturally curly (but mostly just frizzy)
hair responds best to the Pureology brand. They don’t use sulphates, parabens, lots of preservatives and chemical
ingredients. My poor scalp reacts to most products by getting dry, itchy and
flaky. So I’m careful to stick to what I know works! My latest haircare
addition is Pureology Serious ColourCare Strength cure Cleansing Conditioner– it leaves my hair soft and non-greasy or heavy. Smells divine.